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Part 1 - What is available on Internet? (previous article):
        0. What has been changed since the previous posting of the
        1. Who is Bob Dylan?
        2. What is
        3. Is there a etiquette?
        4. How do I access
        5. Glossary of terms and acronyms common to this newsgroup.
        6. Is there a Bob Dylan discography available online, or some
                way to order Dylan CDs via Internet?
        7. Where can I find lyrics, tablature and other Bob Dylan
                information via Internet?
        8. Is there some way that I can get lists of Bob Dylan
                concert tapes and unreleased recordings from past
        9. When and where will Bob Dylan be performing next?
       10. What is EDLIS?
       11. What if I want to talk about Dylan on-line at all hours?

Part 2 - Where else can I get information, off-line? (next article):
        1. Where can I buy Bob Dylan collectors' items?
        2. What books about Dylan's life and music are available?
                a. Bob Dylan biographies
                b. Studies of Dylan as a performer, lyricist, etc.
                c. Reference books
        3. Are there magazines about Dylan to which I could
        4. I just read an article about Bob Dylan in my newspaper...
        5. What are bootlegs, and how do I find them?
        6. Has Bob Dylan appeared in any movies or film
        7. Has anybody ever sent away for the limited edition notes
                offered in the "Under the Red Sky" album?
        8. Who really wrote "Blowin' In the Wind"? Was it Bob Dylan
                or Lorre Wyatt?
	9. Why does Dylan laugh at the beginning of "Bob Dylan's 115th 
       10. What is the Gregory Peck movie Dylan's talking about in
		"Brownsville Girl"?
       11. Who is the person making the stage announcement at the
                beginning of every Dylan concert?


1. Where can I buy Bob Dylan collectors' items?
Some of us have the good fortune to live in places that have an
adequate supply of record stores, well informed collectors with the 
latest gab on your favorite artists, and record shows; if you aren't
in such a location, you may feel out of touch.  Don't fret!  Even the 
most avid record hounds use mail-order as a reliable way to purchase 
books, posters, and memorabilia (not to mention information regarding
new records, tours, etc...)  

Here are a few recommended sources:

U.S.: Rolling Tomes - P.O. Box 1943, Grand Junction, Colorado 81502.
Phone: 970-245-4315 Monday through Friday 10-6 Mountain time,
24 hr. fax: 970-243-8025.  They accept Mastercard, Visa, checks,
money orders, and international money orders drawn from a U.S. bank 
in U.S. funds.  This is an essential source for Dylan fans in the
United States and across the world - their inventory covers everything
from back issues of fan magazines to books to records and videotapes.
Rolling Tomes is also the distributor for several Dylan magazines,
namely Homer, Isis, Look Back, and On the Tracks.

U.S.: Goldmine Magazine - 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001.
This is a collectors forum with advertising from record dealers all
over the world, published biweekly.  They will send a free trial
issue to you if you request one...  Goldmine contains loads of 
mail-order information, so you'll need a few hours poring over an
issue (often with a magnifying glass) to sort it all out.

U.K.: My Back Pages - P.O. Box 117, Carlisle CA1 2UL.
Accepts pounds sterling or US dollars by check, postal money order,
or international money order.  Another good source for books,
and also distributes the magazine Isis.

# U.K.: (New address!) Wanted Man: PO Box 307, Richmond, Surrey TW10 5AQ
Distributes The Telegraph magazine. (see my notes about the uncertain
future of the Telegraph elsewhere in the FAQ).

2. What books about Dylan's life and music are available?
The number of publications about Bob Dylan continues to grow rapidly:
Here is a three-part overview of some of the better-known books,
divided by subject material.  This is only the tip of the iceberg -
better to check a catalog or your local libraries and bookstores for
greater detail.

If you read the following list and think you might want to read many of
these books but could never afford them, do not despair!  Inform your 
local library of the vast, untapped multitude of popular music resources 
by recommending some of these titles to them.  Do not be afraid; most 
librarians do not bite.  After all, what good is a public library that 
does not take suggestions from its public?  These books are, for the most 
part, well-written commentary on the life and music of one of the most 
significant popular songwriters of this century, and are a worthy addition 
to a library collection...

Also, library catalogues will help you get an overview of published
monographs related to Bob Dylan. A good first catalogue to check is
found in California, and access is easy if you already have full
Internet access.

If this union catalogue proves inadequate investigate the "use"
command by typing in "help use" from within melvyl.

Another source to check is the Library of Congress. There is a
good z39.50 www-gateway to locis (lcc) on:


Probably the best library collection for Bob Dylan is 


If the hundreds of free online public access catalogues available
on the Internet are not enough for you there are more
sophisticated sources such as CURL, OCLC, First Search, RLIN,
UTLAS, NACSIS and the like... But you will need a password and
someone must pay the bill!


2(a). Bob Dylan biographies  
_Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography_ by Anthony Scaduto.  
New York: New American Library, 1979  366 p.  
ISBN: 0451086090        LCCN: 79-316819

Originally New York: Grosset & Dunlap (& Castle Books) 1971 280 (278) p.  
ISBN: 0-448-02034-3    LCCN: 72-144064  
First UK: W. H. Allen & Co, 1972  
Also London: Abacus (Sphere Books Ltd), 1972  #131279  280 p.  
     New York: New American Library (Signet W 5353), Mar 1973  351 p.           
[Good basic coverage of the sixties Dylan, not without errors]  
_No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan_ by Robert Shelton.  
New York: Ballantine Books, 1987 [reprint of 1986 edition]. 661 p.  
ISBN: 0345347218        LCCN: 85-26781  
Originally New York: Beech Tree Books (Morrow), 1986  573 p.  
ISBN: 0-688-05045-X     LCCN: 85-26781  
[a good overview of the early years, but many errors have been  
cited by other writers]  
_Dylan: A Biography_ by Bob Spitz.    
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991 [update of 1989 edition].  639 p.  
ISBN: 0-07-060330-8        LCCN: 88-12912  
[Probably the least-loved of the biographies - Spitz tends to be  
both mean-spirited and inaccurate in his reporting]  
_Behind the Shades: A Biography_ by Clinton Heylin.   
William Morrow & Co., 8 May, 2001  592 p.  
ISBN: 0688165931
[updated edition]
[The only biography to provide good, detailed coverage of Dylan's career   
through the 1970's and 1980's]  
_Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary_ by Tim Riley.   
New York: Knopf, 1992. 356 p.  
ISBN: 0-394-57889-9        LCCN: 91-52808  
Also New York: Vintage Books, Aug 1993  356 p.  
ISBN: 0-679-74527-0        LCCN: 92-50619  
[Riley provides a decent overview through 1976, but dismisses Dylan's  
more recent career]  
_Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan_ by Michael Gray  
Continuum Publishing Group, 31 December, 1999.  929 p.
ISBN: 0304705888
[updated edition]
_Blood on the Tracks: The Story of Bob Dylan_, Chris Rowley.    
New York: Proteus Publishing, 1984.  
ISBN: 0-86276-128-X (hb); 0-86276-127-1 (pbk)    

_Down the Highway : The Life of Bob Dylan_ by Howard Sounes
Grove Press, 9 April, 2001, 432 p.
ISBN: 0802116868

_Positively 4th Street : The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob
Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
Farrar Straus & Giroux, June 2001. 328 p.
ISBN: 0374281998

2(b). Studies of Dylan as a performer, lyricist, etc, and related works.  
_Performing Artist, Vols. 1 & 2_ by Paul Williams.  
Vol. 1 (1960-1973) - Novato, CA: Underwood-Miller, 1991.  310 p.  
ISBN: 0-88733-131-9 (pbk)        LCCN: 89-20527  
ISBN: 0-88733-090-8 (signed hb); 0-88733-089-4 (hb); 0-88733-101-7 (pbk) LCCN: 89-20527  
Vol. 2 (1974-1986) - Novato, CA: Underwood-Miller, 1992.  334 p.  
ISBN: 0-88733-144-0 (signed hb); 0-88733-142-4 (hb); 0-88733-143-2 (pbk) LCCN: 92-1769   

[Probably the best general studies of Dylan that have yet appeared.   
Williams largely eschews lyric analysis and biography in favor of an  
admittedly nebulous look at Dylan the "performer:" singer, songwriter,   
movie maker, song and dance man.  You might not agree with everything   
Williams says, but there's no better survey of his output]  
_Dylan_ by Jonathan Cott.  Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984.  246 p.  
ISBN: 0-385-19161-8        LCCN: 84-4049  
_A Man Called Alias_ by Richard Williams.  New York: Holt, 1992. 192 p.  
ISBN: 0-8050-2255-4        LCCN: 92-14992  
[Both are good picture books, with adequate looks at Dylan's opus]  
_On the Road with Bob Dylan_ by Larry Sloman.   
New York: Bantam Books, Jun 1978  413 p.  
ISBN: 0-553-11641-X  
[Highly recommended by readers of this newsgroup for its excellent  
coverage of the 1975 Rolling Thunder tour and its avoidance of the  
usual rock journalism cliches.  Out of print, but a new printing  
is possible within the next year or so]  
_The Rolling Thunder Logbook_ by Sam Shepard.    
New York: Limelight Edition, Mar 1987 [reprint of 1977 ed.].  184 p.  
ISBN: 0-87910-069-9        LCCN: 86-27366  
Originally: Viking Press (A Richard Seaver Book), 1977  
Also UK: Penquin Books, 1978  184 p.   
ISBN: 0-1400-4750-6        LCCN: 77-11648  
[Contains great photos of the 1975 tour]  
_Wanted Man - In Search of Bob Dylan_ edited by John Bauldie.   
New York: Citadel Press, 1991.  224 p.  
ISBN: 0-8065-1266-0        LCCN:   
Originally London: Black Spring Press, 1990   
[A collection of interviews with other performers and personalities who   
have worked with Dylan over the years.  Many of these interviews have   
been quoted in part by the major biographers, and give an interesting,   
scattershot but effective portrait of Dylan as seen through the eyes of   
his collaborators]  
_A Darker Shade of Pale: a Backdrop to Bob Dylan_ by Wilfrid Mellers.  
New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 1985.  255 p.  
ISBN: 0-19-503621-2 (hb); 0-19-503622-0 (pbk)   LCCN: 85-272 /MN  
Originally London: Faber & Faber, 1984  
ISBN: 0-571-13345-2  
[Serious musical analysis of Dylan through 1970 - recommended for fans  
with a strong background in music theory and history]  
_Across the Great Divide: The Band and America_ by Barney Hoskyns.  
New York: Hyperion Press, 1993.  439 p.  
ISBN: 1-56282-836-3        LCCN: 93-17243  
[A bio of long-time Dylan collaborators, The Band; contains a good  
deal of information on Dylan's work with them, especially on the 1966  
and 1974 tours]  
_Alias Bob Dylan_ by Stephen Scobie.  Red Deer, Alberta: Red Deer   
College Press, 1991.  192 p.  
ISBN: 0-88995-069-5        LCCN: 91-188326 /MN  
[Lyric analysis]  
_Voice Without Restraint: A Study of Bob Dylan's Lyrics and Their   
Background_ by John Herdman, New York: Delilah Books, 1982, 164 p.  
ISBN: 0-933328-18-4        LCCN: 81-69870  
[Lyric analysis, with a discography & bibliography]  
_Jokerman: Reading the Lyrics of Bob Dylan_, Aidan Day.  
Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1988, 189 p.  
ISBN: 0631158731 (hb); 0631172459 (pbk)    LCCN: 88-6104  
[Lyric anaylsis]  
_Performed Literature: Words and Music by Bob Dylan_ Betsy Bowden.  
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, May 1982, 239 p.  
ISBN: 025334347X        LCCN: 81-7217  
[Lyric analysis, with a discography & bibliography]  
_Prophecy in the Christian Era_ by Jenny Ledeen. A study of Bob
Dylan's work from 1961 to 1967, emphasizing his use of enigma to
teach ethics and comparing him to Dante Alighieri and other poets.
Publisher:   Peaceberry Press of Webster Groves
             308 Greeley Avenue
             St. Louis, Missouri   63119

_Like the Night_ by C.P. Lee (with photographs by Paul Kelly)
Interlink Pub Group, August 1998, 192 p.
ISBN: 1900924072

_Like a Bullet of Light : The Films of Bob Dylan_ by C.P. Lee
Interlink Pub Group, June 2000, Paperback - 192 p.
ISBN: 1900924064 

_Razor's Edge : Bob Dylan and the Never Ending Tour_ by Andrew Muir
Helter Skelter Ltd, 1 September, 2001, Paperback - 256 p.
ISBN: 1900924137

_Encounters with Bob Dylan_ ed. Tracy Johnson
Humble Press, 1 February, 2000, Paperback 176 p.
ISBN: 0964700921
[a collection of first person accounts of encounters with Bob Dylan]

Songbooks: (if you know of other Dylan songbooks, please tell us!)  
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.      New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1963  
The Times They Are A-Changin'.   New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1964  
Bob Dylan's Songs for Harmonica	 New York: Witmark & Sons, 1964  
Bringing It All Back Home.       New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1965  
Highway 61 Revisited.            New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1965  
Bob Dylan Songbook.              New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1965  
Bob Dylan Songbook.              New York: Witmark & Songs, 1965     *
12 Bob Dylan Hits for Six and   
  Twelve String Guitars 	 New York: Witmark & Sons, 1965  
Bob Dylan Himself		 New York: Music Corporation of America, 1965
Blonde on Blonde.                New York: Music Sales Corp., 1966  
Blonde on Blonde.                Berlin: Rolf Budde Musikverlag, circa 1966
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits.       New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1967  
John Wesley Harding.             New York: Music Sales Corp., 1967  
John Wesley Harding.             Berlin: Rolf Budde Musikverlag, circa 1968
Don't Look Back.                 New York: Witmark & Sons., circa 1967
Bob Dylan and His Songs, Vol 1   Berlin: Rolf Budde Musikverlag, ???
Bob Dylan and His Songs, Vol 2   Berlin: Rolf Budde Musikverlag, ???
Bob Dylan: A Collection.         New York: Warner Bros. Publications, 1968  
Bob Dylan: A Retrospective.      New York: Warner Bros. Publications, 1968  
Bob Dylan the Original-songs 
  Never Before Published:        New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1968
Nashville Skyline.               New York: Music Sales Corp., 1969  
Song Book.                       New York: Warner Bros. Inc., 1970  
Self Portrait.                   New York: Music Sales Corp., 1970  
New Morning.                     New York: Music Sales Corp., 1970  
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.   Berlin: Rolf Budde Musikverlag, 1973  
Planet Waves.                    New York: Music Sales Corp., 1974  
Bob Dylan			 Secaucus, N.J.: Warner Bros.  
                                     Publications, 1974
Blood on the Tracks.             New York: Music Sales Corp., 1975  
The Basement Tapes.              New York: Music Sales Corp., 1975  
Desire.                          New York: Music Sales Corp., 1976  
The Songs Of Bob Dylan,  
  1966 through 1975.             New York: Knopf, 1976  
Street Legal.                    New York: Music Sales Corp., 1978  
Slow Train Coming.               New York: Music Sales Corp., 1979  
Saved.                           New York: Music Sales Corp., 1980  
Shot of Love.                    New York: Music Sales Corp., 1981  
Infidels.                        New York: Music Sales Corp., 1983  
Empire Burlesque.                New York: Music Sales Corp., 1985  
Knocked Out Loaded.              New York: Music Sales Corp., 1985  
Down In The Groove.              New York: Music Sales Corp., 1988  
Oh Mercy.                        New York: Music Sales Corp., 1989  
Bob Dylan: An Anthology.         New York: Music Sales Corp., 1990  
Rock Score.                      New York: Music Sales Corp., 1990  
Under The Red Sky.               New York: Music Sales Corp., 1990  
Classic Dylan                    New York: Music Sales Corp., 1991  
Good As I Been to You            New York: Music Sales Corp., 1992  
The Harp Styles of Bob Dylan	 New York: Music Sales Corp., 1992
Bob Dylan Anthology 2		 New York: Music Sales Corp., 1996
Time Out of Mind                 New York: Amsco Publications, 1998
* this book may or may not be a duplicate of the above

2(c). Reference books  
_Lyrics 1962-1985_ by Bob Dylan.  New York: Knopf, 1990 [reprint of  
1985 revision of _Writings and Drawings_].  527 p.  
ISBN: 0-394-54278-9       LCCN: 85-40408  
_Writings and Drawings_ by Bob Dylan.  New York: Knopf, 1973  317 p.  
ISBN: 0-394-48243-3       LCCN: 72-2339
Also UK: Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1973
     London: Panther Books (Granada Pub), 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979
             ISBN: 0-586-04088-9  
[The official lyric book, covering *most* of Dylan's songs - but the  
printed lyrics sometimes don't match the recordings, and there are  
many songs omitted...]  
_Bob Dylan: In His Own Words_ by Christian Williams.  London: Omnibus Press,  
1993.  112 p.  Music Sales Corp., 225 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010.  
ISBN: 0-7119-3219-0   0-7119-3213-1 (pbk)  
[A collection of Dylan quotations from interviews, etc.  This is an update  
of a 1978 version - several readers of this newsgroup have indicated  
a strong preference for the 1978 version]  
_Positively Bob Dylan: A Thirty Year Discography, Concert & Recording  
Session Guide, 1960-1991_ by Michael Krogsgaard.  
Ann Arbor, MI: Popular Culture, 1991.  498 p.  
ISBN: 1-56075-000-6 (hb)       LCCN: 89-92336  
[The most frequently quoted reference guide on,  
and a truly massive undertaking - this book provides an exhaustive  
list of every Bob Dylan recording in circulation.  There are minor   
errors throughout, and new tapes surface regularly, but this is an  
essential guide for any serious collector...]  
_Stolen Moments: The Essential Bob Dylan Reference Book_ by Clinton
Heylin. Romford: Wanted Man, 1988. ISBN: 0-947730-05-2. [Another guide
to Dylan, this one takes a chronological approach, a sort of diary
of Dylan]

_Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions [1960-1994]_ by Clinton Heylin.  
New York: St. Martin's Press, Dec 1995  233 p.  $24.95 US; $35.99 CAN    
ISBN:  0-312-13439-8.    LCCN: 95-23265
_Tangled Up in Tapes: The Recordings of Bob Dylan_ by Glen Dundas.  
Thunder Bay, Ontario: SMA Services, 1994  Third edition
[ditto, preferred over Krogsgaard by some, although the format is quite different]  
_Strangers and Prophets: Bob Dylan CD Boots: Vol 1_ by Phill Townsend.
Solihull, West Midlands: Next 2 Last Pubs, Oct 1992  160 p.
[A guide to compact disc bootlegs, provides photos and detailed  
information. Replaced by _Galileo's Math Book_. See entry below.]  
_Galileo's Math Book_ by Phill Townsend. [an updateable catalogue of
Bob Dylan Bootleg CD releases, designed to fit into loose leaf binders.
(Binders with a 4-colour cover can be bought. At the moment, GMB fills
two binders.) Each catalogued disc has its own page entry, detailing
track and source information, etc.  At regular intervals, he will be
issuing GMB updates, cataloguing new releases, and updating information
on old releases. This replaces the main Strangers & Prophets book; a
companion volume containing ratings and opinions of the discs will
appear sometime soon.]

 Galileo's Math Book can be ordered from Crazy Joe at P.O. Box 2935,
 Solihull, West Midlands B91 2LS, England. Cost is 30 pounds. Air postage
  (in pounds):
   UK 6
   Europe 12
   USA/Canada 28
   Australia/Japan 34
   (or surface postage: 12 pounds to anywhere).
 For the binders, it's 16 pounds for two, plus the following postage:
   UK 3
   Europe 4
   USA/Canada 12
   Australia/Japan 15
   (or surface postage: 6 pounds to anywhere).
   (Binders are labelled Vol 1 and Vol 2. The pages released so far will fill
   these two binders. If ordering as additional binders, please request 
   Vol 3 and Vol 4.)

_Bob Dylan's Words: A Critical Dictionary and Commentary_ by Richard Wissolik
and Scott McGrath.
Greensburg, PA: Eadmer Press, 1994  Vol 1  ISBN: 0-929914-11-2 (hb) 
Greensburg, PA: Eadmer Press, 1995  Electronic edition ISBN: 0-929914-17-1 LCCN: 95-5048
[An analysis of 800 terms in evry Dylan song between 1962-1985, including _Tarantula_.]  
_The Bob Dylan Concordance_ by Steve Michel.
Grand Junction, CO: Rolling Tomes, Jun 1992  153 p.
ISBN: 0-9635031-0-3  
[Provides a comprehensive index to Dylan's songs by the lyrics.  
If you ever wonder what song that line stuck in your head came from,  
this book is for you.  An excellent companion to the 'official' lyric  
book, and a great resources for fans of Dylan's writing]  
_I Just Write 'Em As They Come: An Annotated Guide to the Writings  
of Bob Dylan_ by Tim Dunn. 
Painesville, OH: NOT-A-CES Pub, 1990  249 p.
["The Dylan song encyclopedia"]  
_The Bible in the Lyrics of Bob Dylan_ by Bert Cartwright.
Bury, Lancashire: Wanted Man Study Series #4, 1985; rev & enlarged 1993  
[A good look at Dylan's use of biblical references in his lyrics. Flawed but fascinating]  
_The Dylan Companion_ edited by Elizabeth Thomson & David Gutman.  
New York: Delta Book (Dell Pub), May 1991.  335 p.
ISBN: 0-385-30225-8 (pbk)    LCCN: 90-38926
Originally London: Macmillan London Ltd, 1990  335 p.
[At the back it has a 20 page bibliography, listing tons of books and 
articles about Dylan from the very beginning forward]   

3. Are there magazines about Dylan to which I could subscribe?
There are several highly regarded periodicals devoted to Dylan's
career - again, this is not a complete listing, but merely a guide:

The Telegraph is the oldest and perhaps best known Dylan fan magazine.
Sadly, its future is uncertain with the passing of editor John
Bauldie.  Back issues are well worth seeking out.  For more
information, see the Telegraph web site

Isis (UK - P.O.Box 1182, Bedworth, CV12 0ZA. England.
bi-monthly, subscriptions currently $64.95/yr. via Rolling Tomes)
is excellent for information regarding bootleg audio & video material
plus a comprehensive guide to Dylan's constant touring. For more
information, see the Isis web site
E-mail address is

ICE (US, P.O. Box 3043, Santa Monica, CA 90408, monthly, subscribe 
directly for $30/yr in North America, $40/yr elsewhere) is a newsletter
that provides information on new CDs, re-issued CDs, underground CDs,
and planned releases, all from reliable sources.  Again, not a Dylan
magazine, but usually contains something regarding Dylan CDs...
ICE can be reached by email for questions and comments regarding 
compact discs, as well as subscription information, at:
A sample copy can be obtained from their web site at

Goldmine (US, 700 E. State St, Iola, WI 54990, (715) 445-2214,
FAX (715) 445-4087. Subscriptions $35/yr.)
This is a record and CD collectors' publication, published
twice a month, known for being a forum for bootleg buyers and
sellers.  Goldmine has phased out detailed advertisements from all 
but the largest dealers, including a crackdown on classified ads.  
This includes tapes and videos, but *not* CD's.  Subscriptions are $35 
for a year; you can call and order by Visa/MC, or mail them a check or 
money order.  If you call them they will send you a free sample copy.
You may also subscribe over the web at

On The Tracks: The Unauthorized Bob Dylan Magazine (US - published
by Rolling Tomes [address above], quarterly, US subscriptions currently
$24.95/yr, or $39.95/yr to also receive the monthly newsletter, 
Series of Dreams)  Features interviews, columns by well-known Dylan
commentators, such as Paul Williams, and importantly, includes the 
Rolling Tomes catalog within its pages.  The companion newsletter 
covers the gritty details such as concert dates, setlists, news events 
and rumors.

Who Threw the Glass (Australia - quarterly, AUS$12 for subscription,
contact Shane Youl <sfy@mel.dit.CSIRO.AU> for more information) contains 
analysis & discussion of Dylan's ongoing works...

Taper's Quarterly (US - quarterly, $10/yr) published by the Live Audio 
Video Association (LAVA), 1726 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA  94109-3643
(or contact: is a forum for those who record live music
of all sorts, and contains information reagrding equipment, techniques, etc.
The Famous Etiquette Book (UK, available from PO Box 2935, Solihull, 
West Midlands, B91 2LQ, UK. Subscription is 5 pounds sterling for 5 issues, 
payable to Phill Townsend) TFEQ is a news-sheet produced by Phill Townsend 
(Crazy Joe in ISIS) that gives updates on Dylan CD boots as they become 
available. This information later becomes available in ISIS and Series of 
Dreams, and eventually in Townsend's book(s).

Why A Pig? (UK, subscriptions are for 4 issues, c/o PO Box 3239,
London SW6, UK. Cheques/POs/IMO should be made payable to "Why A Pig?"
UK subs: 10 pounds; Europe subs: 12 pounds; USA subs: $15 sea, $20 air)
Devoted to covering the 'underground' CD market regarding many performers.

Dignity (UK, available from: Desolation Row Promotions John Baldwin, 57
Tempsford, Welwyn Garden City, Herts., AL7 2PA, ENGLAND. 6 issues a
year, subscription: Pounds 17.94 UK, 23.94 Europe, 29.94 USA, 32.94 ROW
Air Mail, or Pounds 22.74 USA / Rest of World by Surface Mail).
Objective is to provide serious Bob Dylan analysis. This includes song
and concert commentary (any show any date), books, reader ads, etc.
Issue one is 40 A4 pages.

The All Night Cafe (1994-     )
P.O. Box 632, Carlton South, Victoria 3053, Australia

The Bridge - Mike Wyvill and John Wraith, who have long contributed
the Jotting Down Notes section to the Telegraph, are continuing
the tradition of an A5 sized magazine which follows John's format
of commissioned factual and interpretive articles, interviews and

  Subscription costs (three issues a year) are as follows:
            UK -                    M-#20.00

            Europe-                 M-#24.00

            USA/Rest of the World - M-#30.00/$52.00

  If sending cheques, please ensure they are drawn on sterling.

  Contact address: The Bridge, c/o Wardley Post Office, Wardley,
  Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE10 8AT, UK

  For more information, see the Bridge web site:

Rolling Thunder magazine, published 3 times a year plus 4 newsflashes
a year. The magazine has a professional lay-out with a color cover
printed on glossy paper. Every magazine is written in Dutch and
has extensive tour reports, CD reviews, book reviews, a news section,
an essay on Bob Dylan, articles about Bob in the press plus a
special that covers a period in Bob Dylan's career. Subscriptions
cost 700 BEF (about $19), payable by IMO to the address mentioned
further on. Belgian and Dutch subscribers can also pay by bank
transfer. More information can be obtained from Peter Mestach,
Hundelgemsesteenweg 409, 9050 Gentbrugge, Belgium. Rolling Thunder
also organizes Dylan parties.

There are a number of discontinued magazines that are still in print
or available as back orders, such as Homer the Slut (UK) and Look Back
(US). For more information, contact Rolling Tomes.

PARKING METER is the only German language Bob Dylan magazine, published
in Vienna, Austria. The first issue was published in May 1997.
PARKING METER is published four times a year and information
regarding the magazine can be obtained from its editorial address:
Postfach 45, A-1092 Vienna, Austria or via their website: .
The magazine editors Burkhard Schleser & Rainer Vesely can also be
reached by email at .
UPDATE: PARKING METER has ceased publication with issue 16 and is
now available only on the web at .

Under Your Spell - the best Dylan fanzine in the whole of Poland!
e-mail for more details.

Freewheelin' is a A5 publication with a full colour cover and
90-plus text pages dealing with all aspects of Dylan's work.
  The electronic version will be E-mailed on the publication dates.
  A copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 4.0 would be required to
  open the attachment.
  Cheques should be made payable to 'Freewheelin' and sent to:

  Keith Wootton
  35 Nursery Gardens
  St Ives
  PE17 6NL

  For more information E-mail Keith Wootton:

Finally, you might want to check out Helter Skelter Books. 
General Information:

4. I just read an article about Bob Dylan in my newspaper...
Mark Carter provides a cutting service to which everyone should 
contribute.  If you  see something in a newspaper, magazine or 
journal of even the remotest relevance to Bob Dylan and his work 
then you should send it to him.  If it is something you would throw  
away then send the original, otherwise send a photocopy.  Include all 
relevant information of the date, publication, place, page numbers, etc.

Send your contributions to:

                        Mark Carter,
                    25 Marlborourgh Road
                      Norfolk NR3 7AP

Just because the article appeared in the New York Times doesn't
mean that someone else has already sent it!  Duplications are trivial,
but omissions are glaring errors :-).  Submissions from publications
with limited circulation and non-English newspapers are especially
encouraged, since the rest of the world will probably never know of
these articles unless you clip them!

5. What are bootlegs, and how do I find them?
A bootleg is any recording, live or studio, which is not officially
sanctioned by the artist's recording company for sale or distribution.
In the U.S., it is legal to tape a radio show or television special 
for your own personal use, but it is illegal to sell or rebroadcast
such a recording.  It is also illegal to record concerts without the 
artist's consent, and anyone who makes or distributes bootleg 
recordings can be subject to prosecution. For more information on the
legal aspects of bootlegging, and a short history of same, see the URL

Dylan's 'Royal Albert Hall' concert is one of the most famous
bootlegs of all time, dating from the 1966 tour of England (this
recording is really from Manchester).  Contains some truly amazing
live performances; the 'electric' set was received very poorly by
the audience at hand.  Near the end of the show, an irritated
audience member yells out "Judas!"  Dylan responds by saying:  "I
don't believe you... You're a liar!" before launching into a truly
overpowering version of "Like a Rolling Stone," obviously directed
at that same audience member...  This audio bootleg is one of many
fragments of soundboard tapes circulating from the 1966 tour, and
the origin of these tapes is a frequent topic of discussion among
Dylan fans everywhere.

A pirated recording, however, is an illegal copy of an official 
release by an artist.  Anyone who tapes a legally available CD or 
record and then tries to sell you a copy is violating the copyright
on that recording and is knowingly depriving the artist of royalties. 
The record industry does its best to search out pirates and prosecute
them.  Pirated recordings (often made in countries like Thailand
or Indonesia, where authorities are easy to bribe or too busy to
notice) do deprive the company and artist of money, and are thus
far worse than bootlegs - the record industry claims that it loses
hundreds of millions of dollars every year to record pirates.  These
are usually the cheapo tapes with blurry covers (or no jacket at all)
that are sold in flea markets and the like.  Avoid like the plague.

On the other hand, counterfeit recordings are generally very 
professional in appearance (supposedly there are thousands of pirated 
copies of the Beatles' _Let It Be_ album in circulation that are nearly 
indistinguishable from the official Apple Records release).  
A counterfeit recording is an exact copy of a legitimate recording
(often with a few distinguishing flaws) that is illegally distributed as
the real thing.

Nevertheless, there are literally thousands of bootleg recordings of
Dylan performances and even studio sessions that are widely circulated
among collectors, and certain countries (such as Italy) have lenient
copyright laws which allow many of these recordings to be pressed on
compact disc.  These discs are usually distributed as expensive
"live/rare" material and can only be found through record specialty 
stores (usually the same places that sell used records) and individual 
dealers, some of whom do mailorder business.

It is not within proper Internet/Usenet etiquette to make the sources
of such black-market operations available publicly, so the only way
that you will find bootlegs is by finding a store that sells them or
posting a request for information and waiting for someone to respond
via email.  That is one FAQ that can't be answered publicly.

The discussion of bootleg material is an important part of and anyone who objects must remember it was a central 
part of the original charter voted on when the UseNet Newsgroup was 
approved by democratic vote.  If you don't like this aspect you are
free to start your own Newsgroup.

Many people obtain 'live/rare' material by trading DAT or cassette tapes.
This is obviously a lot cheaper than searching for profit-seeking dealers
of CD bootlegs (most of these are mastered from cassettes, anyway),
and is far less condemnable, so long as there is no payment involved., the newsgroup for the Grateful Dead, is one place
where live tapes are traded legally - this is because the Grateful Dead
allow their concerts to be taped from a special section of the audience
and distributed for non-profit listening.  If you follow the newsgroup
for a while, you will invariably see discussions of unreleased Bob Dylan
material.  A friendly email response will often help locate someone with 
whom you can trade live Dylan tapes...

If you do come across a Dylan CD and want to tell the newsgroup about 
it, simply imitate the format of other listings you have seen, or ask 
for help.  Of importance are the songs included and their length, the 
title and manufacturer of the disc, the matrix number (printed in tiny 
characters on the inner ring of the disc), and the supposed origin of 
the recording.

In short, the easiest way to find a particular out-of-print or rare item
is to latch onto a discussion of that item, or to bring up the topic
yourself.  Most Bob Dylan fans are quite willing to share their addiction
with others...

A few pointers for those just starting out in tape trading:

Always use CrO2 (or better) cassettes - Maxell XLII is a good standard,
since its availability and quality standards are known worldwide. TDK SA
seems to have been accepted as an equal. (Digital Audio Tape recorders are
best, but not everyone can afford DAT...)

Be sure to indicate whether or not you want to use Dolby Noise Reduction -
many tapers prefer no Dolby at all, but Dolby-C has developed a sizable

Few novices record at the correct level on CrO2 cassettes - don't be 
frightened of the red, it takes massively high levels to distort with 
a good machine.  Record too low and the tape hiss generation by generation 
in a tape tree becomes intolerable. 

Restart from the beginning any final track which is unfinished on the 
first side of a tape.  Most trades are done on a one tape for one tape
basis - if you discover that you can't fit all the items requested onto
the number of tapes allotted, don't just send an incomplete recording!
And do make sure you have actually taped the FULL recording. It is all too
easy to accidentally clip the end of a song witout noticing. Stay in touch
with your trading partner to avoid disappointment on both ends. Above all,
don't be afraid to ask questions if you become confused!

Agree with your trader if they want blank tape left blank, filler inserted,
or the source restarted to fill the tape with repeated material.  Also
determine the prefered method of shipment and whether or not you will
be mailing the tapes in their plastic boxes.  If you are mailing overseas,
be sure to indicate that the package is a 'gift' on the customs form;
and use a low value when estimating the worth of the package contents.
Many countries levy considerable customs fees for valuable packages, which
the recipient will have to pay...


EDLIS now maintains a database of collectors who have registered
ownership of particular Dylan boots.  The purposes of this service
are to disseminate information about boots (playlists, times,
quality, etc.) and to promote networking between collectors.

Periodically, a post to will be made under the
subject "EDLIS - Who Has Which Boot..." describing how to access
the service and how to contribute your collection list.  Questions
posted to the newsgroup at-large are also relayed to the agency.
You can also contact for more 

As with EDLIS' lyric service, the Who Has Which Boot database
depends on the generosity of collectors who send in their listings
and volunteer to provide information.  No collection is too large
or too small, and your participation is strongly encouraged!

6. Has Bob Dylan appeared in any movies or film documentaries?
D.A. Pennebaker filmed "Don't Look Back," a documentary of Dylan's
1965 tour of England (it would be his last stand as a strictly 'folk'
performer).  "Don't Look Back" is available on videocassette and features
footage of concerts, press-conferences and back-stage activity.
This is Dylan at his most playful/caustic, getting his digs at the
press, a hapless college student who wants to interview him and 
Donovan, among others...  Essential for the Dylan enthusiast.

The movie "Festival" covers several of the Newport Folk Festivals of the
1960's, and features Dylan infamous first 'electric' performance, with
the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

"Eat the Document" is a one-hour film shot by D.A. Pennebaker during the 
landmark 1966 'electric' tour of England and later edited by Howard Alk 
and Dylan himself.  This rather bizarre anti-documentary film was shown 
at a few theaters in 1971, and has had a rare television airing or two 
since, but is not in print.  A short tape of outtakes from the movie was 
assembled by Pennebaker and circulates on videotape.

"The Concert for Bangladesh," available on both videocassette and
compact disc, is George Harrison's fundraising benefit filmed at
Madison Square Gardens in 1971.  Dylan makes a rare early 1970's concert
guest appearance and steals the show!

"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is a Sam Peckinpah western tale of the
familiar outlaw.  Bob Dylan wrote the soundtrack (includes "Knockin' on
Heaven's Door") and appears as "Alias," a bit part with a few amusing
scenes. The movie exists in the original release form, and a 'directors'
cut'. Both include some soundtrack music that is not on the soundtrack

"The Last Waltz" documents the 'farewell' concert by The Band in 1976,
and features Dylan as well as a bevy of other performers in what has been
hailed as one of the best rock-documentaries made.

"Renaldo and Clara" - this four-hour movie by Bob Dylan (and a two-hour,
edited version) was shown at a few theaters in 1978, received generally
dismal reviews, and disappeared from sight.  It will probably not be
given official release on any format any time in the near future.
It does, however, contain some great live footage from the 1975
Rolling Thunder tour, during which this movie was recorded.  Circulating
videotape copies probably originated from a mid-1980's late-night
television broadcast of this movie in Britain.

The Hard Rain television special - filmed in concert in Fort Collins,
Colorado, May 1976, this footage was broadcast on NBC, but has not seen
official release on videocassette.  Some, but not all, of the performances
from this set are on the live album _Hard Rain_...  There is an 'alternate'
version of the Hard Rain special, with a very different song selection, 
from Clearwater, Florida, April 1976 that was never broadcast but also 
circulates in the underground.

Bob Dylan also appears in the movie "Hearts of Fire," filmed in 1985,
playing the part of an aging rock star.  The script of this movie is
pretty hackneyed stuff, and received poor reviews.  Still, Dylan fans
will find some moments of interest.

"Hard to Handle" is a concert videotape from the 1986 tour
of Australia with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

"Backtrack" (aka "Catchfire") - Dylan makes a brief appearance as an 
artist in this 1989 film directed by Dennis Hopper.

"The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Tribute" videotapes document Columbia
Records' massive Dylan tribute show at Madison Square Gardens in 1992.
Dylan himself appears only briefly, but a host of other performers
play songs here that Dylan rarely or never airs...

7. Has anybody ever sent away for the limited edition notes
   offered in the "Under the Red Sky" album?

In the liner notes to the "Under the Red Sky" album there is an offer
of special limited edition notes by the artist available by request,
however to this date no one has ever received any such notes. They don't
appear to exist.

8. Who really wrote "Blowin' In the Wind"? Was it Bob Dylan
   or Lorre Wyatt?

This comes up every now and then. For details, refer to the URL The short answer is that the
true author of "Blowin' in the Wind" is Bob Dylan.

9. Why does Dylan laugh at the beginning of "Bob Dylan's 115th

At the beginning of the song "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream", on the
album _Bringing It All Back Home_, he starts to sing the first
verse and then suddenly stops, cracking up in uncontrollable
laughter.  Why? The commonly accepted reason is that the band missed
their cue and didn't come in when they were supposed to. Because
this recording took place near the very beginning of Dylan's first
electric sessions, he wasn't used to playing with a band and just
plowed right ahead, causing everyone at the session to laugh at
the blooper. Dylan got such a kick out of producer Tom Wilson's
laugh that he insisted it remain on the album.

10. What is the Gregory Peck movie Dylan's talking about in
    "Brownsville Girl"?

In "Brownsville Girl", from the album _Knocked Out Loaded_, Dylan
sings about a movie starring Gregory Peck and proceeds to briefly
describe some of the action of the movie, which is about a dying
gunfighter shot down by a man "trying to make a name for himself".
The film Dylan is referring to is "The Gunfighter", a 1950 film
directed by Henry King.

11. Who is the person making the stage announcement "ladies and
gentlemen, will you please welcome Columbia recording artist, Bob
Dylan" at the beginning of every Bob Dylan concert during the Never
Ending Tour?

It is Al Santos, Dylan's stage manager. Contrary to popular belief, it
is not a taped announcement. For more information see:


(end part 2 of 2)

                                                           John Howells

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Dec 8, 2023 @ 4:16 pm

Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It's on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

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